Emmanuel Osei

Emmanuel completed a BSc in Biological Sciences in Ghana following which he worked as a research assistant for a year with focus on bacterial pathogens and helminths. He completed his MSc work in bacteriophage therapy at the University of Leicester, UK. Currently, he works as a lab technician with SeqBiome while working towards his PhD. His research focuses on microbial genomics and the application of synthetic biology in developing phage-based biocontrols.

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Ramya Balasubramanian

Ramya has an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and a MS in Pharmacology and toxicology. She is a PhD student at UCC and Teagasc. Ramya’s current research question aims at developing an understanding of the impact of diet on the microbiota-gut-brain axis. She is also looking at key microbial players and their metabolites that possess neuromodulatory abilities, which can influence gut to brain communication. This work would be in line with microbiome targeted therapeutics that are aimed at the mental health and overall wellbeing of the consumer.

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Vinicius Pedrosa

Vinicius graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology from Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU) in Brazil. He also did part of his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia in Perth for two semesters. He is currently working at SeqBiome as Laboratory Technician where he is responsible for DNA extraction and libraries preparing. Before that, he had similar work experience in Brazil, being part of Molecular Biology and Genetic Quality laboratories. He has a post-graduate certificate in Plant Breeding but also demonstrates strong interest with Next-Generation Sequencing.

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Laura Finnegan

Laura graduated with a BA in Human Genetics from Trinity College Dublin, after which she worked for four years as technician on the Teagasc sequencing platform and is now working with SeqBiome and towards a PhD in Microbiology in University College Cork. Her primary research focus is on developing next-generation sequencing tools and methods, with a view to improving the application of the technology to microbiome studies and to enhance understanding of the role of the microbiome in food and human health.

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